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Gerrymandering, explained - Vox
How politicians draw the lines to benefit themselves.
What is gerrymandering?
How does gerrymandering work?
Who actually does the gerrymandering?
Where does the term gerrymandering come from?
Does gerrymandering cause political polarization?
What is racial gerrymandering?
Are there reforms that can prevent gerrymandering?
What’s the best path to political victory? Is it running good candidates? Is it crafting a strong campaign message? Is it fundamental factors like the economy?
What can be better than all of these is: drawing the district lines.
Politicians often draw district boundaries to help themselves or their party. Packing as many of the other party’s voters as possible into just a few districts they’ll win overwhelmingly, while ensuring your own party’s voters get smaller but solid advantages in more districts overall, is the classic way to gerrymander. But it can be immensely frustrating to voters, and make them feel their voices aren’t being heard.
Both parties have historically gerrymandered, but Republicans had far more opportunities to do so after their 2010 wave election — they had sole control of redistricting in most swing states. And now, the next redistricting and the next opportunity for both parties to gerrymander is drawing ever closer.
gov2.0  politics  election  voting  gerrymandering 
6 hours ago
Midterm election results 2018: a blue wave - Vox
With all votes counted, it’s a larger landslide than 1994 or 2010.
The narrative that congealed election night before polls had even closed on the West Coast was that while Democrats may have taken the House, they also underperformed relative to expectations and the hoped-for blue wave had turned into, in the words of columnist Nick Kristof at the New York Times, “only a blue trickle.”
This was a questionable interpretation at the time it was offered, but subsequent events have shown it to be almost entirely a psychological illusion based on timing.
Like in any election, Democrats both won some squeakers and lost some squeakers. They overperformed expectations in some races and underperformed them in others. And in 2018, it happens to be the case that Democrats got some of their most disappointing results in East Coast states with early closing times, while the GOP’s biggest disappointments came disproportionately in late-counting states.
Consequently, what felt to many like a disappointment as of 11 pm Eastern time on election night now looks more and more like a triumph.
election  voting  politics  gov2.0  congress  trump  state 
6 hours ago
Queen and I bonded over sore feet, reveals Michelle Obama - BBC News
It was described as a breach of royal protocol - but Michelle Obama has revealed the reason why she put her arm around the Queen's shoulder during a 2009 reception.
The monarch responded by putting her arm around the waist of the then US first lady as they stood side by side.
In her memoir, Becoming, Mrs Obama said they had just agreed a long day wearing heels had left them with sore feet.
We were just "two tired ladies oppressed by our shoes", she added.
At the time, Mrs Obama's embrace was described by one commentator as "extraordinary", but as she put it: "I did what's instinctive to me any time I feel connected to a new person."
The exchange took place on 1 April 2009 when Barack Obama made his first visit to the UK as US President to attend a G20 summit.
gov2.0  politics  FLOTUS  michelle  uk  royal 
7 hours ago
Press Corps Backs CNN's Jim Acosta, Calling Out Sarah Huckabee Sanders For 'Complete Lie' | HuffPost
“If he really thought [Jim] was unfair, then why did he call on him? Because he wants the confrontation,” The New York Times’ Peter Baker wrote.
Fellow journalists and members of the White House press corps came to the immediate defense of CNN’s Jim Acosta on Wednesday after the Trump administration revoked his press credentials.
Acosta was involved in a fiery exchange with President Donald Trump during a lengthy, post-election news conference at the White House earlier Wednesday. After repeatedly asking the president questions, provoking a heated outburst, an intern stepped forward to try to take a microphone from the CNN reporter as he moved to evade her. Within hours, Acosta said the Secret Service had denied him entry to White House grounds and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed the reporter had placed his hands on the young woman.
trump  politics  news  gov2.0 
10 hours ago
Is the 2018 Mazda 6 Turbo worth your dollar? - YouTube
Our Auto Expert
Published on Jun 10, 2018
We've been asking for it and its finally here, the Zoom Zoom is back in the all new 2018 Mazda 6, and we are pleasantly surprised.
Now before you run out and buy one be sure and check out a couple quick features and quirks that we have found with the all new sports sedan. In this episode we will dissect the Mazda 6 by breaking down not only the technology, features and design, but also putting this car through the back-road twists and deciding whether this sedan is worth your dollar.
mazda  cars  mazda6  turbo  review  youtube 
11 hours ago
Rational Rant About an Irrational President - WhoWhatWhy
Something changed on Election Day, and no, I am not talking about the Dems taking the House. What changed is that now President Donald Trump not only feels he’s under attack but, for the first time, he really is.
Now, before you rejoice about that, understand how a man like Trump reacts when under attack. We had a peek preview at his presser, when he openly fought with reporters and banned one from the White House.
When such characters are cornered, they don’t surrender, they dig in. And it’s at such a moment that they drop all pretense of normality. We will now see the unvarnished, despotic, mega-paranoid, vengeful Trump. Firing Sessions (for the sole sin of recusing himself as the law required) was just the beginning.
For the next two years, Trump will be, metaphorically, hunkered down in his bunker, barking angry orders, identifying new enemies and depending on an ever-shrinking circle of trusted advisors.
gov2.0  politics  trump  op-ed 
12 hours ago
The 2018 election was a blow to partisan gerrymandering.
The 2018 election was a body blow to partisan gerrymandering. Four states enacted redistricting reform that will diminish the role of politics in drawing district lines; more elected Democratic governors who can veto partisan maps. Another state, North Carolina, replaced a Republican state Supreme Court justice with a liberal who fought gerrymandering as a civil rights attorney. No matter what happens in 2020, it is all but guaranteed that the next decade’s maps will be significantly fairer than our current gerrymandered mess.
election  gov2.0  politics  gerrymandering 
12 hours ago
A Third Rail No More: Incoming House Democrats Embrace Gun Control : NPR
The deadly mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., last week came less than a day after dozens of Democrats who campaigned on promises to strengthen gun laws were elected to the House of Representatives. Across the country, candidates from Virginia, Georgia, Texas and Washington state bluntly called for more gun safety, seemingly emboldened to take on the National Rifle Association.
In total, 95 candidates endorsed by Giffords PAC won seats in the House. Giffords PAC is the gun-violence prevention group founded by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband. Giffords was shot in the head in a 2011 attack that left six people dead.
guns  gov2.0  politics  Dems  congress 
12 hours ago
Jeff Sessions Was the Worst Attorney General in Modern American History | American Civil Liberties Union
On Wednesday, the Trump administration bid farewell to one of its most infamous members: Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In his brief tenure, Sessions managed to dismantle and rescind an astounding range of efforts by prior administrations to protect civil rights and civil liberties and introduced new policies that endanger some of the most vulnerable citizens in the U.S.
From his draconian approach to immigration policy to his efforts to erase protections for transgender people to his many moves to dismantle his predecessors’ attempts to decrease the federal prison population, the list of Sessions’ offenses is long. We’ve rounded up some of the former attorney general’s most egregious actions below to showcase Sessions' contempt for civil rights and liberties.
gov2.0  politics  history  trump 
12 hours ago
The Byzantine Jesuit who stood up to Moscow | Catholic Herald
“To hell with Moscow!” It is manifestly unfair to sum up thus the long and distinguished academic career and ecclesial life of Fr Robert Taft, the American Jesuit of the Byzantine Rite who presided like a colossus at the Pontifical Oriental Institute (PIO) in Rome for 46 years. The greatest contemporary scholar of the Byzantine Rite – author of the six-volume A History of the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom – died on All Souls’ Day in retirement at the Jesuit house in Weston, Massachusetts. He was 86.
But unfair does not mean unfitting. The “to hell with Moscow” remark was from a 2004 interview granted to John Allen, then of the National Catholic Reporter. That year the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was preparing to move its headquarters from Lviv to Kiev in Ukraine, and to assert its historical right to a patriarch. The Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow was vehemently opposed to this assertion of Catholic identity in Ukraine, which it regards as its “canonical territory”.
religion  church  ukraine  russia 
12 hours ago
Tim Ingham: Album in Trouble, Music Business Probably Can’t Save It – Rolling Stone
Sales are plummeting, and the music industry is returning to the era of track-led consumption. Is the LP doomed?
Make no mistake, the album is fighting for its life.
Sales of music’s most beloved format are in free fall in the United States this year. According to figures published by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), the value of total stateside album sales in the first half of 2018 (across download, CD and vinyl) plummeted by 25.8 percent when compared with the first half of 2017.
If that percentage decline holds for the full year, and there’s every indication it will, annual U.S. album sales in 2018 will end up at half the size of what they were as recently as 2015. To put it more plainly, U.S. consumers will spend around half a billion dollars less on albums this year than they did in 2017.
The CD album is, predictably, bearing the brunt of this damage. After a comfortable 6.5 percent drop in sales in 2017, in the first half of 2018, revenues generated by the CD album in the USA were slashed nearly in half – down 41.5 percent, to $246 million.
music  business_model  economics 
12 hours ago
Jury delivers $25.5 million 'statement' to Aetna to change its ways - CNN
(CNN)An Oklahoma jury has awarded $25.5 million to the family of a cancer patient denied coverage by Aetna, with jurors saying that the insurer acted "recklessly" and that the verdict was meant as a message for Aetna to change its ways.
The award is believed to be the largest verdict in an individual "bad faith" insurance case in Oklahoma history, one court observer said, and could have major ramifications across the country for a form of cancer treatment called proton beam therapy.
The case revolved around the 2014 denial of coverage for Orrana Cunningham, who had stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer near her brain stem. Her doctors wanted her to receive proton beam therapy, a targeted form of radiation that could pinpoint her tumor without the potential for blindness or other side effects of standard radiation.
Aetna denied her coverage, calling the therapy investigational and experimental.
health  insurance  legal  business  money  cancer 
12 hours ago
A trip through the peer-review sausage grinder
Peer review is not this painful, promise. Update : This week, Ars staffers from across the country gather together in real life for our annual meeting,…
12 hours ago
A trip through the peer-review sausage grinder | Ars Technica
From the archives: Peer review is a scientific institution; here's its purpose.
Update: This week, Ars staffers from across the country gather together in real life for our annual meeting, Technicon. We're supposed to be talking more than typing, so we're resurfacing a few classic Ars stories just in case the front page gets lonely. This one, which originally ran on November 3, 2010, centers on our peers (the scientific ones, not the Arsians) and the two basic functions of the much-discussed "peer review."
It is often said that peer review is one of the pillars of scientific research. It is also well known that peer review doesn't actually do its job very well, and, every few years, people like me start writing articles about alternatives to peer review. This isn't one of those rants. Instead, I'm going to focus on something that is probably less well known: peer review actually has two jobs. It's used to provide minimal scrutiny for new scientific results, and to act as a gatekeeper for funding agencies.
What I would like to do here is outline some of the differences between peer review in these two jobs and the strengths and weaknesses of peer review in each case. This is not a rant against peer review, nor should it be—I have been pretty successful in both publications and grant applications over the last couple of years. But I think it's worth exploring the idea that peer review functions much better in the case of deciding the value of scientific research than it does when acting as a gatekeeper for scientific funding.
science  review 
12 hours ago
NY Times Using Google AI to Digitize 5M+ Photos and Find 'Untold Stories'
The New York Times has teamed up with Google Cloud for digitizing five to seven million old photos in its archive. Google’s AI will also be tasked with unearthing “untold stories” in the massive trove of historical images.
“For over 100 years, The Times has archived approximately five to seven million of its old photos in hundreds of file cabinets three stories below street level near their Times Square offices in a location called the ‘morgue’,” Google writes. “Many of the photos have been stored in folders and not seen in years. Although a card catalog provides an overview of the archive’s contents, there are many details in the photos that are not captured in an indexed form.”
google  photography  nytimes  AI/ML  digital  scanning 
12 hours ago
Happier, Healthier, Smarter, BETTER: Life tips
Holiday Survival Guide Social Studies Politics is ruining Thanksgiving. Here's how to avoid it. Good Cents This simple exercise can help you save big on holiday…
12 hours ago
The 'Target Effect:' A psychologist explains why you can't just buy one thing
Here's how to stage your own personal Target intervention.
We're all familiar with that thing that happens at Target — the one where you walk in to buy dog biscuits and shampoo and push a cart with more than a hundred dollars' worth of stuff out the door an hour later. It even has a name and an Urban Dictionary entry; it's the Target Effect.
It's something many of us joke about, but this unintended overspending can wreak havoc on a family's finances and lead to money stress. If it's a problem, what's to be done? Avoid Target altogether? It's my favorite store to shop for household items so I didn't want to give it up, but repeated hundred — and even two hundred dollar trips — I hadn't budgeted for left me planning to stick with online shopping where I'd be less tempted by the latest must-have thing from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia or that good-smelling candle.
But I wondered if it was possible to overcome the Target Effect with less drastic measures. To find out I talked with Louisville-based licensed clinical psychologist Kevin Chapman, who specializes in anxiety and related disorders. And yes, according to Chapman, it can be done. He shared his Target intervention tips with NBC News BETTER.
shopping  money  psychology 
12 hours ago
Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Should Be Illegal - The Atlantic
Each year, local governments spend nearly $100 billion to move headquarters and factories between states. It’s a wasteful exercise that requires a national solution.
The Amazon HQ2 saga had all the hallmarks of the gaudiest reality TV. It was an absurd spectacle, concluding with a plot twist, which revealed a deep and dark truth about the modern world.
Fourteen months ago, Amazon announced a national beauty contest, in which North American cities could apply to win the honor of landing the retailer’s second headquarters. The prize: 50,000 employees and the glory of housing an international tech giant. The cost? Just several billion dollars in tax incentives and a potential face-lift to the host city. Then last week, in a classic late-episode shock, several news outlets reported that Amazon would split its second headquarters between Crystal City, a suburban neighborhood near Washington, D.C., and Long Island City, in Queens, New York.
amazon  taxes  business  gov2.0  politics  jobs  lobbying 
12 hours ago
How a Difficult, Racist, Stubborn President Was Removed From Power—If Not From Office - POLITICO Magazine
Members of Congress and some in Andrew Johnson’s own Cabinet wanted him gone. They did the next best thing.
The president of the United States was both a racist and a very difficult man to get along with.
He routinely called blacks inferior. He bluntly stated that no matter how much progress they made, they must remain so. He openly called critics disloyal, even treasonous. He liberally threw insults like candy during public speeches. He rudely ignored answers he didn’t like. He regularly put other people into positions they didn’t want to be in, then blamed them when things went sour. His own bodyguard later called him “destined to conflict,” a man who “found it impossible to conciliate or temporize.”
politics  gov2.0  racism  history  congress  1800s 
13 hours ago
The Identity Of 'The Flash' Waitress Could Be Revealed When She Returns To The Show
We may be in the midst of the show's winter hiatus, but The Flash Season 4 is returning to the CW on Jan. 16. In the meantime, the crossover event Crisis on Earth-X event still has people still talking about just who the waitress from Barry and Iris' wedding is. According to actor Jessica Parker Kennedy, who made her Arrow-Verse debut as the mysterious caterer, the crossover wasn't the last you'll be seeing of that character.
In case you need a refresher, Kennedy's character met with Barry Allen just before his wedding. She sought him out, touched his arm, congratulated him, and commented that his wedding would be one for the ages. She also cautioned him to be sure to say "I do" when the time came. Her brief appearance felt very meaningful, and set fans off and speculating, some wondering whether she might be the happy couple's daughter from the future. While the actor can't reveal who the character is or how much more we'll be seeing her, she does confirm that she’s set to appear again this season.
tv  superheroes  actress  tie 
13 hours ago
Stream Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland Box Set | New Music | Consequence of Sound
Spanning three albums full of remastered demos, alternate takes, and a complete live bootleg
Have you ever been to Electric Ladyland? Not like this.
Today marks the release of the 50th anniversary box set for The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s timeless 1968 double album. Subscribers of Apple Music and Spotify can stream a sampler version below. You can purchase a physical copy of the set here.
Remastered from the original analog tapes and featuring a new 5.1 surround sound mix, the deluxe edition spans three unique releases, specifically the original album, a collection of previously unreleased demos and alternate versions dubbed Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes, and an unreleased live album titled Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At the Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68, which includes a cover of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love”.
music  anniversary  60s  psych_rock  remaster  review  box_set  hendrix 
13 hours ago
Deep Inside the Beatles’ White Album, 50 Years Later - The New York Times
It took a remarkable effort to sound so casual. That’s one lesson of the hugely expanded 50th anniversary reissue of “The Beatles,” the double album that has been known as the White Album since its release in November 1968.
On the surface, the White Album marked a shift from the orchestral formality and sonic experimentation of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Its core approach returned to the four Beatles strumming and picking guitar and bass, pounding a piano and socking the drums. There are giggles and hoots and wisecracks scattered through the album, as if making the music was a lark.

But as Beatlephiles have long known and the reissue documents, the White Album was by no means back to basics. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr worked painstakingly, using start-to-finish live-studio performances as a foundation but then building around them. In the studio, the Beatles ran through songs again and again, often in all-night sessions that ended up wearing down their producers and engineers. The new White Album package peers deeply into their labors; it includes, for instance, Take 102 of George Harrison’s “Not Guilty,” a song that never reached the finished album.
music  beatles  anniversary  60s  reissue  psych_rock  remaster  nytimes  review  box_set 
14 hours ago
My Army Service Made Me Believe in Universal Health Care - The Atlantic
A veteran argues that civilians deserve the same access to coverage and treatment as those who wear the uniform.
This is the seventh installment in our series of essays written by veterans. We asked service members to share how their time in uniform shaped their perspectives on American life.
In July, I experienced a flash of panic that only one of America’s 28 million uninsured citizens can truly understand. Life—and my right ankle—took a tough turn. I had broken my leg running in a charity mud race in St. Petersburg, Florida, and for the first time since I’d left the Army the summer before, I didn’t know what to do when I needed to see a doctor. As a soldier, I had health-care providers available at all times to treat my every medical need, at no direct cost to me. As a civilian, I felt suddenly out in the cold.
As the pop of my fibula snapping was still fresh in my ears, my body still caked in mud, I sat in the grass under the event’s medical tent. Leg swollen, with an ice pack melting in the 92-degree heat, I furiously used my phone to consult Google about what to do next—and how much it would cost.
military  health  insurance  obamacare  gov2.0  politics 
14 hours ago
J.K. Rowling Roasts Sarah Huckabee Sanders With George Orwell '1984' Quote | HuffPost Canada
The "Harry Potter" author got literary with her latest burn for the Trump administration.
J.K. Rowling went full 1984 to bash White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday.
The Harry Potter author tweeted a sentence from George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel after Sanders circulated a doctored video that she falsely claimed showed CNN reporter Jim Acosta manhandling an intern during a fiery press conference exchange with Trump.
“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth,” Rowling wrote, referencing Orwell’s tale about a society controlled by a lurking totalitarian dictator.
gov2.0  politics  video  news  trump  rowling  twitter  quotes 
14 hours ago
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II - YouTube
US National Archives
Streamed live on Oct 18, 2017
In the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, Liza Mundy’s Code Girls is the astonishing, untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes, helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysis. A book signing will follow the program.
computers  encryption  math  WWII  women  40s  books  gov2.0  military  waves  uniform  presentation  youtube 
14 hours ago
This Item contains records, some of which may not be available online.
To obtain a copy or view the records, please contact or visit the National Archives and Records Administration location(s) listed in the Contact information below.
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National Archives Identifier: 74739
Local Identifier: 428-MN-7413
Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center. (12/1/1959 - ca. 1998)  (Most Recent)
From: Series: Moving Images Relating to Naval Activities, 1947 - 1980
Record Group 428: General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1941 - 2004
military  waves  navy  40s  uniform  gov2.0  50s  60s  70s  video 
14 hours ago
WAVES At Work - YouTube
US National Archives
Published on May 11, 2018
National Archives Identifier: 74739
Local Identifier: 428-MN-7413
Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center.
From: Series: Moving Images Relating to Naval Activities, 1947 - 1980
Record Group 428: General Records of the Department of the Navy
Scope & Content: Enlisted WAVES at Work in Various Navy Ratings
National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RDSM)
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 301-837-3540
military  waves  navy  40s  uniform  gov2.0  50s  60s  70s  youtube 
14 hours ago
The Women’s Army Corps Requests “The Pleasure of Your Company” – The Unwritten Record
The Navy film How to Succeed with Brunettes teaches male officers how to behave like gentlemen, but what were the military’s expectations for the many female recruits? Once again, staff in NARA’s Motion Picture Preservation Lab and Special Media’s Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch were able to find the answer in the large accession of films received from the Defense Visual Information Center (DVIC).
In 1970, the Army began using a series of three training films produced for the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). These films, released as the Military Etiquette and Grooming series, had a very specific goal. The Film Treatment for the series (found in the production files received from DVIC) notes that...
military  70s  uniform  video  gov2.0  etiquette  training  women 
14 hours ago
Don’t Shut Your Date in the Door: Military Dating Dos and Don’ts – The Unwritten Record
This week’s guest post is from Audrey Amidon.  Audrey is a Preservation Specialist in NARA’s Motion Picture Preservation Lab.
How to Succeed with Brunettes (1967) and Return of Count Spirochete (1973):
The Motion Picture Preservation Lab’s Favorite Titles from the DVIC Accession
Sure, the National Archives holds films a lot of really important historical films.  Beautifully made educational films about government programs during the Great Depression?  Yeah, we’ve got that.  Millions of feet of material covering every 20th Century war or conflict?  Check!  Films documenting the Civil Rights movement, space exploration, or presidential speeches?  Check, check, and check.
military  60s  uniform  video  gov2.0  etiquette  training 
14 hours ago
Their War Too: U.S. Women in the Military During WWII. Part II – The Unwritten Record
In part I of this two-part series, we discussed the role women played in the military during World War II by highlighting those who served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARS), and the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II. In part II, we will discuss female service members of the U.S. Marines (WR) and Navy (WAVES).
The United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was authorized by Congress and  signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on July 30, 1942. Like their female counterparts servicing in other branches of the military, the primary function of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was to release men for combat duty. The jobs available to them were also very similar. Members served in occupations classified as professional, semi-professional, clerical, skilled trades, services, and sales. While over 200 job categories were made available to members of  the Women’s Reserve, over half of members worked in clerical positions. Only Caucasian and Native American Women were accepted into service, the Marine Corps barred African American and Japanese American women from its ranks.
military  waves  navy  WWII  40s  uniform  video  gov2.0 
16 hours ago
Their War Too: U.S. Women in the Military During WWII. Part I – The Unwritten Record
March is Women’s History Month, a great time to highlight  important contributions made to our country by women. This year, we are focusing on the role women played in the United States Military during World War II in a two-part blog post. Part I  highlights recruitment films from the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARS), and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Part II will highlight films from the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve and the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).
During World War II, women’s service to their country was not limited to the factory floor.  It is true that millions of women were hired to work in factories and thousands were hired to work on farms through the Women’s Land Army program, but their options did not end there. The size of the global conflict was unprecedented and once the United States entered the war, its citizens had to mobilize quickly. The sheer volume of people needed called for the expansion of the role of women. Because of these factors, the roles women played during World War II far surpassed their involvement during previous conflicts. They were recruited for service in the United States military for the first time.
military  waves  navy  WWII  40s  uniform  video  gov2.0 
16 hours ago
Records Help Author Tell Code Girls’ Story | National Archives
WASHINGTON, October 18, 2017 —  More than 10,000 women played a pivotal role in helping the United States and its Allies win World War II. Through the highly complex work of deciphering encrypted messages, these women were able to break codes in Japanese and German military communications, shortening the war effort and undoubtedly saving countless military lives. 
Author Liza Mundy used National Archives records to help tell the women’s stories of courage, service, and scientific accomplishment in her new book, Code Girls: The Untold Story of American Women Code Breakers of World War II. 
The book explains how the United States' Army and Navy secretly recruited more than 10,000 women from elite women’s colleges and small towns throughout the country and trained them to do this intellectually challenging work. Mundy talked about her book during an October 18, 2017, presentation at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
computers  encryption  math  WWII  women  40s  books  gov2.0  waves  uniform 
16 hours ago
The brilliance of the women code breakers of World War II - The Washington Post
In the past few years, forgotten women of science, from the genteel astronomers who classified the stars at the Harvard Observatory in the 1890s to the African American mathematicians who staffed NASA in the 1960s, have been rescued and celebrated. If you cheered the recovery of these remarkable pioneers, you will love reading about the women recruited by the Army and the Navy during World War II and trained in secret programs to break Japanese and German military codes. In "Code Girls," journalist Liza Mundy tells the irresistible tale of the female cryptographers who learned to crack these diabolically difficult systems. Being chosen for this mission changed the lives of more than 10,000 young American women, took them out of their familiar surroundings and prescribed destinies, and offered them a thrilling opportunity to do urgent war work at the nation's center.
computers  encryption  math  WWII  women  40s  books  military  waves  uniform 
16 hours ago
Sen. McCain and Rep. Slaughter remembered in Irondequoit
IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Ukranian-Americans in Rochester gathered on Sunday to thank the late Sen. John McCain and Rep. Louise Slaughter for their support of Ukranian independence.
The ceremony took place at the Ukranian Monument at Town Hall. As part of the ceremony, Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley vowed to build a civility garden, as welll, to promote dialogue and civility in politics and public service.
"I hope people will become more united, become more one, all Americans make USA the greatest country on planet earth, which it is at this time.  And to continue we all have to be united," Ukranian-American veteran Walter Denysienko said.
McCain passed away this year on August 25 at the age of 81. Slaughter passed away on March 16 at the age of 88.
rochester  ukrainian  mccain  RIP  congress 
17 hours ago
How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years | Ars Technica
Bikes may still look roughly the same, but looks can be deceiving.
We tend to think of technology as something that moves electrons around. But I'm going to take a little diversion into technology that is used to move us around (and yes, our electrons as well, you pedants). The humble bicycle has been in existence for roughly two centuries, and the general outlines of what we use today were in place by the early 1900s, so you'd be forgiven for thinking that not much has changed. I certainly hadn't given it much thought.
I had to reevaluate that view when, in an effort to get more exercise, I decided to replace the bike that I had bought in the early 1990s. Just in shopping, it became apparent that a lot had changed—I faced decisions that I hadn't realized existed. Much of the underlying technology had transformed, and the changes generally solved significant problems. My old bike, a Trek 1200, was bought on a grad student's budget as a high-speed commute machine; adjusting for inflation, its successor was within about $200 of the same price. But it was like buying into a completely different world.
So join me in a trip through a quarter century of cycling technology, with an emphasis on the hardware that's within most people's price ranges.
bicycling  technology  history 
17 hours ago
Tourism is Changing the Face of Iceland – Zdziarski's Blog of Things
There’s a long held belief in the concept of “leave no trace” when visiting a place, but there’s one very noticeable artifact western tourists have been leaving on Iceland that you unfortunately can’t simply pick up and throw away. With tourism growing 500% in Iceland over the past decade, western tourists have placed higher demands on the country than it’s been capable of adsorbing without affecting the country’s foundations. While the economy in Reykjavik has no doubt experienced a boost, this has come at the expense of cultural and geographical changes that are not necessarily welcome by many Icelanders.
europe  travel  nature 
17 hours ago
Rams offensive line ranked 2nd in NFL by PFF through 9 weeks
One aspect of the team that doesn’t get nearly enough credit is the offensive line, which has been nothing short of phenomenal this season. Andrew Whitworth is playing as well as ever, Rob Havenstein has only gotten better since his extension and Austin Blythe proved to be an upgrade over Jamon Brown.
Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan have both held their own, too, making for a near-dominant unit up front. The success of offensive lines is difficult to measure because of the nature of the position, but Pro Football Focus grades every player in the league and knows how well the Rams’ group has been playing.
According to PFF, the Rams are ranked second in the league, only trailing the Steelers.
football  rams  ranking 
17 hours ago
Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? | Moira Donegan | Opinion | The Guardian
Some 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election – the real story of white women voters is both more grim and more complex than the figure reveals
For the past two years, the American left has been haunted by a number: 53. It is the percentage of white women who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. In the sectors of the left where the figure and its implications have become a perennial theme, the number is treated both as disappointing and darkly unsurprising, a reflection of the conventional wisdom that white women would rather choose the racism espoused by the Republican party than join in the moral coalition represented by men of color and other women. On the left, this number can elicit exasperation, rage, and even suspicions about the moral legitimacy of the feminist project. It casts doubts on the political convictions of liberal white women, colors leftist perception of female-coded liberal political projects like the Women’s March, and has prompted long-overdue calls for increased political leadership by women of color.
women  politics  gov2.0  trump  GOP  election 
17 hours ago
A short guide to the linguicide of the Ukrainian language | Infographics |Euromaidan Press |
During the XVII-XX ct, Ukraine was split up between various empires and states. The ruling regime of each of them tried to assimilate Ukrainians and prevent their self-determination by destroying what made them different: their language and culture.
Overall, there have been 60 prohibitions on the Ukrainian language in the 337 years that Ukraine was under foreign rule.
They aimed to eradicate the Ukrainian language by inhibiting or prohibiting its use in education, official use, and the print.
Most of these policies contributed to the forced Russification of Ukrainians in the Russian Empire and the USSR.  
Today, Ukraine grapples to overcome the negative legacy of these policies and undo the centuries of repressions, as Russia plays on the dividing lines it created in Ukraine.
Here are some of the most important prohibitions of the Ukrainian language by the regimes ruling over Ukraine.
ukraine  ukrainian  language  history  infographic  grammar  russia 
17 hours ago
The Nancy Pelosi Problem - The Atlantic
The first female speaker of the House has become the most effec­tive congressional leader of modern times—and, not coinciden­tally, the most vilified.
Last may, The Washington Post’s James Hohmann noted “an uncovered dynamic” that helped explain the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare. Three current Democratic House members had opposed the Affordable Care Act when it first passed. Twelve Democratic House members represent districts that Donald Trump won. Yet none voted for repeal. The “uncovered dynamic,” Hohmann suggested, was Nancy Pelosi’s skill at keeping her party in line.
She’s been keeping it in line for more than a decade. In 2005, George W. Bush launched his second presidential term with an aggressive push to partially privatize Social Security. For nine months, Republicans demanded that Democrats admit the retirement system was in crisis and offer their own program to change it. Pelosi refused. Democratic members of Congress hosted more than 1,000 town-hall meetings to rally opposition to privatization. That fall, Republicans backed down, and Bush’s second term never recovered.
politics  women  gov2.0  congress  Dems  sexism 
17 hours ago
Andrew Gillum Shreds Donald Trump With Just 3 Little Words | HuffPost
One Twitter user noted Trump’s comment seemed hypocritical since he didn’t seem to mind the Russians interfering in the 2016 election.
The winner of Florida’s gubernatorial race is still up in the air, but even if he loses, Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum can take pride in at least one thing: he bested Donald Trump on Twitter.
And he only needed three words to do it.
On Monday, the president argued that the Florida election should be called in favor of Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott even though doing so would buck the state’s recount procedures.
As of Saturday, Gillum trailed DeSantis by less than 0.5 of a percentage point, which will require a machine recount of ballots.
However, he came out on top with his response to Trump’s conspiratorial tweet.
Many Twitter users were impressed with Gillum’s calm clap back. The president? Not so much.
twitter  gov2.0  politics  trump  state 
17 hours ago
What’s next for Endeavour after that shocking finale? Producer Damien Timmer on the SIXTH series of Endeavour. – Morse, Lewis and Endeavour
Hello my fellow Endeavourists and welcome to a new post. This post is thanks to my friend Ellen Spain who pointed me in its direction. This is an interview from the TV listings magazine Radio Times. Enjoy.
Exclusive: Executive producer Damien Timmer gives us the inside scoop on the latest series of the Inspector Morse prequel – as well as a few hints at what we can expect in the future. Contains spoilers.
As well as being the usual head-scratching mystery for Shaun Evans’ troubled detective, the series five finale of Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour was also a massive gamechanger for the drama as a whole.
With the Cowley CID team facing a very uncertain future and key characters seeming to say goodbye to the series forever, you might have thought things couldn’t get any worse – but then, the unimaginable happened…
60s  bbc  crime_drama  endeavour  police  preview  spoilers  trewlove  tv  uk  uniform  wpc 
17 hours ago
Zach Wahls wins Iowa senate seat: Man went viral defending two lesbian moms in video, LGBTQ advocate wins election on Tuesday - CBS News
Zach Wahls went viral in 2011 when he delivered an impassioned speech defending his lesbian moms. Soon he'll be delivering a lot more speeches — this time, as an Iowa state senator.
Wahls, who is a Democrat, won his race in Iowa's Senate District 37 by a huge margin, defeating Libertarian opponent Carl Krambeck with 78.5-percent of the vote.
The 27-year-old who will be one of the youngest people to serve as a state senator in Iowa focused his campaign on lowering the cost of healthcare, heightened gun reform legislation, education and the rights of workers, among other issues.
politics  gov2.0  congress  LGBT 
17 hours ago
Republicans used redistricting to build a wall around the House. Trump just tore it down. - POLITICO
GOP gerrymandering did not envision the upending of the Republican coalition.
For years, some Democrats said gerrymandering was an insurmountable roadblock to the House majority that couldn’t be cleared until after the 2020 census.
Then along came President Donald Trump.
House Democrats steamrolled Republicans in an array of districts last week, from those drawn by independent commissions or courts, to seats crafted specifically by Republicans with the intention of keeping them in the GOP column.
The overriding factor: a Republican president who political mapmakers could not have foreseen at the beginning of the decade. Trump altered the two parties’ coalitions in ways that specifically undermined conventional wisdom about the House map, bringing more rural voters into the GOP tent while driving away college-educated voters.
The trade worked in some states. But it was a Republican disaster in the House, where well-off suburbs, once the backbone of many GOP districts, rebelled against Trump in 2016 and then threw out House members in 2018.
politics  gov2.0  trump  gerrymandering 
18 hours ago
Trump’s hilarious Obamacare gaffe reveals the GOP bind on health care - The Washington Post
There are Freudian slips, and then there’s this:
Trump warns Democrats will 'obliterate Obamacare' in political gaffe
After weeks of Republicans claiming that they’re the ones who truly want to protect people with preexisting conditions despite having spent the past eight years fighting furiously to eliminate those protections, the health-care mendacity reaches its apotheosis with President Trump claiming that Democrats have a nefarious plan to eliminate Obamacare, which he and Republicans will save.
Yes, it’s amusing. But it actually highlights an interesting question: What exactly are Republicans going to do about health care, and the Affordable Care Act in particular, after the election is over?
The easy answer is that they’ll try to repeal it again, which Mitch McConnell has said they will do. But the real answer is more complicated, since it involves multiple forces and constraints operating at the same time. And it all may wind up in a dramatic ruling from the Supreme Court, in which Chief Justice John Roberts could once again step in to save the GOP from itself.
trump  SMH  obamacare  health  insurance  SCOTUS  gov2.0  politics 
18 hours ago
For Democrats, a midterm election that keeps on giving - The Washington Post
In the early hours of election night on Tuesday, a consensus began to take hold that the vaunted Democratic blue wave that had been talked about all year was failing to materialize. Now, with a handful of races still to be called, it’s clear that an anti-President Trump force hit the country with considerable, if uneven, strength.
Democrats appear poised to pick up between 35 and 40 seats in the House, once the last races are tallied, according to strategists in both parties. That would represent the biggest Democratic gain in the House since the post-Watergate election of 1974, when the party picked up 49 seats three months after Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency.
politics  gov2.0  Dems  election  congress  state 
19 hours ago
An illustrated tribute to Stan Lee and his career - Los Angeles Times
Stan Lee, a giant in the comic book industry, died November 12, 2018. The complex and once-reluctant writer worked closely and frequently fought with his artistic collaborators. Together, they developed characters that battled inner demons as frequently as they battled villains, and each other. They transformed comics with some of the world’s most recognizable superheroes. In recent months, Lee had been accused of sexual harassment. He had been struggling with a variety of other personal setbacks.
Lee’s own road to fame wasn’t easy. He was one of the hardest working men in comics — driven by his experiences as a child during the great depression…
avengers  comics  RIP  spiderman  superheroes 
19 hours ago
Pastor: When White Folks Say Obama Was an “Embarrassment”, Here’s What You Say | Washington Daily Wire
One of the common responses to criticism of Donald Trump by his voters is something along the lines “Obama was an embarrassment for 8 years.”  One Christian pastor is calling out that notion.
John Pavlovitz has penned an open letter to those white Trump voters, informing them that no, in fact, they weren’t embarrassed by the former President:
Were you embarrassed by his lone and enduring twenty-five year marriage to a strong woman he’s never ceased to publicly praise, respect, or cherish?
Were you embarrassed by the way he lovingly and sweetly parented and protected his daughters?
politics  gov2.0  obama  racism 
19 hours ago
Stefania Ferrario Bald, Boobs and Badass (NSFW) – Peter Coulson Photographer :: Blog
Models: Stefania Ferrario Vicious Models
Make-up: Leesy Cherie Mua & Joanna Blair @ @Dani Frankenstein MU Artist
model  fashion  hair  NSFW  australia 
19 hours ago
Opinion | Mueller Has a Way Around Trump and His Minions - The New York Times
A road map from the Watergate prosecution shows a potential route for the special counsel to send incriminating evidence directly to Congress.
In a stunning move on the heels of the midterm election, President Trump has forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general, shunting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the sidelines. This raises the specter of a fearful president attempting to muzzle Special Counsel Robert Mueller or hinder him from revealing whether his 18-month-long grand jury investigation has turned up evidence of criminality implicating Donald Trump or his immediate family.
But a 44-year-old “road map” from the Watergate prosecution shows a potential route for Mr. Mueller to send incriminating evidence directly to Congress. The road map was devised in 1974 by the Watergate special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, with our assistance. We wrote the road map — actually a report — to be conveyed to Congress; it was called “Report and Recommendation” and served as a guide to a collection of grand jury evidence contained in a single document. That evidence included still-secret presidential tape recordings that had been acquired through grand jury subpoena — but which had been withheld from Congress by President Nixon.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  op-ed  nytimes 
10 Reasons Whitaker Might Not Foil Mueller - The Atlantic
The prospects for interference are dimmer than many imagine.
At the end of last month, with the midterms looming, I gave a talk before a small private audience in California in which I argued for optimism because—among other things—the moment for firing Robert Mueller had passed.
Eighteen months ago, I said, President Donald Trump had an opportunity to disrupt the Russia investigation: He had fired the FBI director and had rocked the Justice Department back on its heels. But Trump had dithered. He had broadcast his intentions too many times. And in the meantime, Mueller had moved decisively, securing important indictments and convictions, and making whatever preparations were necessary for hostile fire. And now Democrats were poised to take the House of Representatives. The window of opportunity was gone.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
Mueller is Holding ‘Dozens of Sealed Indictments,’ Says Intel Source | Observer
For every day of his presidency—657 so far, if you’re counting—the issue of Donald J. Trump’s ties to Russia has darkened the Oval Office door. Since May 17, 2017, when former FBI director Robert S. Mueller was appointed Special Counsel to unravel Trump’s secret Kremlin linkages, the president has seethed, his rage seeping into his tweets. From its first day, President Trump has wanted to quash the Mueller investigation, and now he’s making his move.
But is it already too late? There’s mounting evidence it is, specifically that Team Mueller is ready to strike imminently with indictments, no matter what the White House does.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
Lest We Forget - The Atlantic
A century after the guns fell silent, the United States risks replicating the errors of the past.
There are the wars we remember, and the wars that seem to drift away. Korea is one such, but at least there is a monument in Washington to the startled World War II veterans recalled from the post-1945 American recovery to do battle on those cold and barren hills. The doughboys of World War I do not even have that yet, although commissions and architects are actively bickering about what one might look like.
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Worse yet, to the extent Americans remember World War I at all, it is as a futile war, a massive, utterly senseless butchery of a damned generation. That was not the way Americans at the time conceived it. More controversially, it is an excessively simple way of conceiving it even now.
war  history  1910s  europe  usa 
New Security and Privacy Features in iOS 12 | The Mac Security Blog
iOS 12 has brought many new features to your iPhone and iPad as we discussed here. But beyond the more obvious changes - new notifications, Screen Time, Shortcuts and others - iOS 12 has delivered a bushel of new security features. Most of these features revolve around passwords and iCloud Keychain, but there are a few other features that make your devices more secure. Here's an overview of what's new in iOS 12 security.
iOS 12 has made massive improvements in the way passwords are managed. Not only has iCloud Keychain been improved, but iOS can auto-fill passwords from third party password managers as well. (1Password, LastPass, Dashlane, etc.) When you get to a login page on a website, you'll see a suggested password in the bar above the keyboard and you can tap it to have it entered automatically.
ios12  passwords  safari  security  privacy 
New Security Features in macOS Mojave | The Mac Security Blog
macOS Mojave doesn't have a lot of visible new features, aside from the new dark mode, but under the hood there are plenty of changes to make the operating system faster, more stable, and more secure. In this article, I'm going to discuss some of the new security features that make Mojave easier to use safer and securely.
As in iOS 12 - read this article about the new security features in Apple's mobile operating system - macOS Mojave brings a number of new features around passwords that will help make your computing more secure. Together with the keychain, which stores your passwords and which can sync them with your other Apple devices using iCloud Keychain, Safari now suggests and stores strong passwords when you create an account on a website.
macOS  10.14  passwords  security  privacy  safari 
More than 50 nations, but not U.S., sign onto cybersecurity pact - Axios
French President Emmanuel Macron released an international agreement on cybersecurity principles Monday as part of the Paris Peace Forum. The original signatories included more than 50 nations, 130 private sector groups and 90 charitable groups and universities, but not the United States, Russia or China.
The big picture: The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace is another step in the disjointed effort to create international norms and laws for cybersecurity and warfare. In most international matters of regulating the internet, there tends to be a wide split between the liberal Western order and authoritarian nations like Russia and China.
security  privacy  trust  gov2.0  politics  europe  canada  cyber 
Schwarzenegger's Plans for 2020 Gerrymandering Reforms - The Atlantic
The former California governor helped support multiple ballot measures this year that will change how legislative districts are drawn. He already has his eye on more reforms in 2020.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing to travel to the future of the gerrymandering war.
Tuesday brought wins for independent redistricting commissions that Schwarzenegger backed in three of the four states where they were on the ballot—Michigan, Missouri, and Colorado, with Utah still counting, but also trending toward yes. Now the former California governor has begun planning a summit for advocates, donors, and the people behind some of the successful campaigns to brainstorm and build to more wins.
politics  gov2.0  actor  celebrity  gerrymandering 
Michael Schenker: why I turned down an audition with the Rolling Stones | Louder
Video: Michael Schenker remembers the time when the Rolling Stones came calling... and he ignored them
Michael Schenker has talked on camera about the time he was asked to audition for The Rolling Stones. The guitarist, who last week was confirmed as one of the headliners of the HRH XII festival in November, was approached shortly after he arrived in London to join UFO in 1973.
In the video, Schenker reveals how he took a call on his landlady’s telephone two months after joining UFO, and was asked if he’d be interested in trying out for the Stones. After speaking to older brother and Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker in Germany, he decided not to return the call.
In the video, Schenker explains his reasoning, and reveals that the man who eventually got the Rolling Stones job, former Faces man Ronnie Wood, is actually a big Michael Schenker fan.
music  guitar  schenker  rolling_stones  70s 
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR (2018 Target Exclusive HW Throwback Series)
Old school is back, with this Throwback Series from Hot Wheels! It's an awesome set. There's a lot of cars to enjoy from this series, such as this one!
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  2010s  viper 
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: Mazda 787B (2018 Car Culture - Circuit Legends)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting. These Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
cars  hot_wheels  mazda  collecting 
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 2016 Ford GT Race (2018 Car Culture - Circuit Legends | Ford Performance)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting. These Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
hot_wheels  cars  2010s  ford_gt  collecting 
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: Porsche 962 (2018 Car Culture - Circuit Legends | Advan)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting. These Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
cars  hot_wheels  porsche  collecting 
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 2008 Tesla Roadster (Greetings From Space Edition! | SpaceX | Elon Musk)
Very cool for Hot Wheels to commemorate Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, the first car to orbit the sun in space!
cars  2000s  tesla  space  hot_wheels 
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1997 Corvette (2018 Target Exclusive HW Throwback Series)
Old school is back, with this Throwback Series from Hot Wheels! It's an awesome set. There's a lot of cars to enjoy from this series, such as this one!
cars  hot_wheels  collecting  corvette  90s 
Mac Power Users #456: Workflows with Laura McClellan - Relay FM
Katie and David chat with Laura McClellan of The Productive Woman Podcast to discuss her prospectives on productivity, finding and using the right virtual assistant, creating a community around her podcast, routines, habits, and more.
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My Morning Routine - Inspiring Morning Routines
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New tab page extension for Google Chrome and Firefox - Speed Dial 2
podcast  MPU  productivity  workflow 
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Slated For Victory As Vote Count Heads In Her Direction — The Daily Caller
Open this story in Apple News. For the best reading experience, open this story on a device with Apple News. It may also be available on the publisher’s…
An illustrated tribute to Stan Lee and his career — Los Angeles Times
Stan Lee, a giant in the comic book industry, died November 12, 2018. The complex and once-reluctant writer worked closely and frequently fought with his…
The Imitation Game |
Today, Alan Turing is considered the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. The mathematician, born on June 23, 1912, was a brilliant World War II codebreaker and parlayed that insight into theorizing and creating the first stored-memory computers. Unfortunately, this Officer of the British Empire was persecuted by the British government of the time for his homosexuality and suffered through chemical castration before ending his life.
The Imitation Game by Feynman author Jim Ottaviani and Resistance illustrator Leland Purvis chronicles the life of Turing in a full-size graphic novel. Check back every day this week as releases the entire graphic novel in four parts.
Update: Tuesday June 24: The next installment has been posted! In the box below type in “60” to jump right to it.
Update: Wednesday June 25: The next installment has been posted! In the box below type in “117” to jump right to it.
Update: Thursday June 26: The final installment has been posted! In the box below type in “168” to jump right to it.
encryption  gov2.0  math  military  privacy  security  spying  uk  women  WWII  comics  tor  bletchley 
Dree Hemingway Reveals the Story Behind Her Radical Buzz Haircut at New York Fashion Week - Vogue
Today at the Sies Marjan show, Sander Lak’s diverse cast of models ran the gamut across spectrums of ages—think Anwar Hadid sharing space with Mark Vanderloo, Malgosia Bela, and Kaia Gerber, for instance—as well as body types and hair textures. But one glowing face stood out from the pack—model and actress Dree Hemingway, who recently sheared off her long hair for a sleek, micro-short buzz cut that seemed to set her famously fine-boned features in that much more striking relief.
Fresh off filming Run With the Hunted, a forthcoming movie that wrapped last week in Oklahoma, Hemingway says her new anti-cut has made her feel more herself than ever. As the fairest-haired of the Hemingway sisters tells it, she parted ways with her trademark waves a month ahead of shooting to allow herself time to grow accustomed to the cut.
hair  fashion  photography  model 
All people in this editorial:
Zu SB - Fashion Editor/Stylist
Miriam Robstad - Makeup Artist
Wojtek Szaulinski - Producer
Cleo Cwiek - Model
model  fashion  hair  photography 
Bletchley Park: Surviving the stress | Anglia - ITV News
A new exhibition at Bletchley Park "High Spirits in Low Times" explores the ways codebreakers and their colleagues coped with the stress of the job.
Watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper.
Monotonous tasks and gruelling shifts took their toll on staff, and ensuring they didn't suffer burnout was part of the war effort.
From government sponsored ultraviolet light treatment for those working night shifts to putting on plays, the recreation time led to a better balanced working life.
"It certainly helped some people put up with what was mostly a very dull and very hard job."
encryption  gov2.0  math  military  privacy  security  spying  uk  women  WWII  bletchley 
Bletchley Park's derelict huts where British mathematicians cracked the Nazi Enigma code to be rebuilt | Daily Mail Online
Site cracked 3,000 German messages a day
Said to have shortened World War II by two years
Huts currently stand derelict
Site is 'birthplace of the computer age'
The huts at Bletchley Park where British mathematicians cracked the Nazi Enigma code are to be rebuilt.
The trust has raised the £2.4 million required to restore the huts where codebreakers led by Alan Turing shortened the war by up to two years.
'Raising these funds has been a race against time to save the Huts from dereliction,' said Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust.
The huts at Bletchley Park were where British mathematicians worked in secret to crack Germany's Enigma code, using desks, blackboards, and feeding their results through primitive mechanical computers that are the grandfathers of the machines we use today.
encryption  gov2.0  math  military  privacy  security  spying  uk  women  WWII  bletchley 
WW2: Winifred Roberts' Bletchley Park work cracking Enigma code - BBC News
Winifred Roberts was 25 when she was plucked from a Salford battery factory and plunged into the top secret world of Bletchley Park, where mathematician Alan Turing had been carrying out his code-breaking work on the Enigma machine. It was a secret she kept from her family for decades.
It was in late 1943 and Hitler's Nazi Germany still occupied much of Central and Western Europe - the tide of World War Two was still yet to turn.
Ms Roberts was living with her parents and had never even heard of Turing, but within weeks she was the working on the top-secret mission which has been credited with shortening the war by as much as four years.
Now aged 96, she talks about the time her life dramatically changed and the role she played in such an important part of the war effort.
"We couldn't talk about what we were doing, we couldn't breathe about it for more than 30 years," she said.
"My father died never knowing what I had done during the war."
encryption  gov2.0  math  military  privacy  security  spying  uk  women  WWII  bletchley 
Elizabeth 'Betty' Balfour tells how she used to dry damp bras on Enigma machine | Daily Mail Online
Wartime codebreaker tells how she and co-workers at Bletchley Park used to dry their damp bras and pants on Enigma machine
Elizabeth 'Betty' Balfour said Bletchley Park was freezing cold at night
The women in the team resorted to drying their bras and pants on Enigma
She said it was 'festooned with bras and pants all through our night duty'
Mrs Balfour worked in Bletchley Park with Alan Turing
She said he was often spotted walked backwards while reading a book
Movie based on Alan Turing and the codebreakers to be released Friday
A wartime codebreaker has revealed she and her co-workers at Bletchley Park dried their bras and knickers on Hitler's Enigma machine during night shifts at the cypher school.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Balfour, 88, joined the Wrens when she was 17 and was handpicked to work on the top secret team under code genius Alan Turing.
She said women at the chilly school would dry their damp underpants on the huge computers linked to the seized Enigma machine as they were the only source of heat at night.
Her saucy secret comes days before the November 14 general release of the Imitation Game film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing.
encryption  gov2.0  math  military  privacy  security  spying  uk  women  WWII  bletchley 
Some good came out of 2018: Astronomy photos | Ars Technica
Each year, the Insight competition reminds us of how amazing our Universe is.
While we're big fans of images of the very small, as brought to us by the Nikon Microscopy Competition, we also admire the really big. And each year, that comes courtesy of the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. This year's winners were recently announced and have gone on display at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, UK. But if you can't make it to London, you can get a taste for what you're missing below.
Astronomy images span a phenomenal range scale, from things that would fit neatly on Earth (like comets or features on local bodies) to the mind-bogglingly large (like stellar nurseries or entire galaxies). And we frequently observe these objects by using wavelengths the human eye can't see. So there's a lot of room for artistic choices about how to make these things both understandable and beautiful. In many cases, this year's winners have also humanized things by placing the night sky in context, framed by other figures admiring it or nestled among familiar-looking landscapes.
We've only taken a small sampling of the photos that have won their category or were commended by the judges. So, if you'd like to see more, follow any of the credit links for the images above, and they'll take you to one of the competition's winners' pages. There's plenty more if you take the time to hop categories there.
astronomy  photography  competition  2010s 
Legendary Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has died | Ars Technica
Comics legend helped create icons from Spider-Man and Iron Man to X-Men and Black Panther.
Stan Lee—the Marvel Comics legend responsible for cultural icons from Spider-Man and Iron Man to X-Men and Black Panther—has died, according to multiple reports from places like TMZ and The Hollywood Reporter.
THR spoke with a source that said Lee died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. TMZ spoke to Lee's daughter, J.C., who said an ambulance rushed to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning to take him to Cedars-Sinai. That outlet noted Lee had suffered several illnesses over the last year or so, including dealing with pneumonia. Lee was 95 years old.
"My father loved all of his fans," J.C. Lee told TMZ. "He was the greatest, most decent man."
comics  spiderman  superheroes  avengers  RIP 
The Former Chief of Disguise of the CIA Explains How Spies Use Disguises
In this video, Jonna Mendez, the former Chief of Disguise of the CIA, explains how disgu — Wait, wait, wait…Chief of Disguise!! That is an actual job title!?! WHAT! Ok, back to the post… — explains how disguises are used in the CIA.
With women, you have a broader range of what you can do. You also have one extra step: you can turn a woman into a man. I would mention that it’s almost impossible to turn a man into a woman. What we do is always additive — we can make you taller, we can make you heavier, we can make you older — we can’t go the other direction. You want to be the person that gets on the elevator and then gets off and nobody even remembers that you were really there. That is a design goal at the disguise labs at CIA.
Interesting throughout. As a fan of the disguises on The Americans and as someone who got to wear some bitchin’ makeup for a short extra appearance on Halt and Catch Fire, I really enjoyed this video, but now I’m wondering what my “dead giveaway” mannerisms are. Friends, any thoughts?
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